New Lesson post: Breaking Up Christmas

Here is a lesson on Breaking Up Christmas.


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11 responses to “New Lesson post: Breaking Up Christmas

  1. Great, thank you MoonShadows. I think a field trip is in order now. I appreciate your information. I found videos of Tommy Jarrell and the younger one, Rhys Jones a lot of fun. So syncopation is a key feature? Still wondering what in particular I would hear that makes it different

    1. @blucy Round Peak is a variation in style within Old Time Music. It originated in the area around Round Peak, North Carolina and has a certain distinct sound. Musicians such as Charlie Lowe, Tommy Jarrell, and Fred Cockerham made this music popular in the twentieth century. Differing from other types of old-time, the banjo, with its syncopated rhythms made by drop thumbs and the melodic nature of noting, sets this technique apart from the other old time styles.

  2. Jason, I sort of thought you were kidding about the name of the song till I found it on Youtube. Then look, about min1:57 there’s young Luke
    Skywalker on second fiddle. Thanks for keeping the fiddling coming throughout the holidaze.
    Tommy Jarrell 1983 for inspiration (with Luke Skywalker)

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